Business Academy Aarhus goes even more green

Business Academy Aarhus has an agreement with Aarhus Municipality which increases cooperation between companies and educational institutions within the climate and sustainability.

According to the climate agreement, Business Academy Aarhus has to support the municipality’s ambition to reduce energy consumption and create a fossil-free society.

‘We already have a wide range of programmes that have climate, environment and sustainability as a focal point. We would really like to work more intensively with the synergies we have with companies as at the moment there is a lot of interest in working for a green transition – not least due to the with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals,’ says Rector Christian Mathiasen.

Further education in sustainability for accountants

As an example, Christian Mathiasen emphasises a oart-time course that the Academy has developed in collaboration with Aarhus Municipality. It is targeted at a profession that you may not immediately associate with climate challenges.

‘We have focused on accountants.  This is a group that has unique knowledge of the companies’ expenses.  They therefore also have the opportunity to help companies look at their energy costs and present green alternatives. The first course has been held. More are on the way,’ he says and adds that the Academy has developed a number of single subjects in sustainability aimed at the business community.

Focus on saving energy

In addition to the desire to further educate the business community in sustainability and get sustainability incorporated into the Academy’s full-time programmes, we are also conscious of our own influence.

‘We put a lot of effort into optimising our buildings wisely. Including a focus on lighting and ventilation. Our copper-clad zero-energy building on Ringvej Syd (image) is physical proof of this. At the same time, our canteen is also focusing on reducing food waste,‘ says Christian Mathiasen.

And our physical location is also climate friendly.

‘It is clearly a plus that our campuses are close to public transport. And now that Letbanen (the light rail) also stops on our doorstep, we can’t do much more in terms of offering alternatives to driving - for both our students and our staff.’